A timely, first-person account of a world-renowned monk’s near-death experience and the life-changing wisdom he gained from it.
In 2011, Mingyur Rinpoche was the respected thirty-six-year-old abbot of three monasteries, a world-renowned meditation teacher, the son of an esteemed meditation master, the reincarnation of a spiritual adept, and a rising star within his generation of Tibetan masters. The Wandering begins the night that, without telling anyone of his plan, he slips past the monastery gates alone for the first time in his life and sets forth on a wandering retreat, following the ancient practice of holy mendicants. He wanted to throw off his titles and privileges, to give up the protections he had always known, and to engage in an “ego-killing mission” in order to explore the deepest, most hidden aspects of his own being and move beyond the grasping self. Yet early into his adventure, he becomes deathly ill and his journey begins in earnest. The invaluable lessons he learns from this near-death experience—how we can transform our fear of dying into joyful living—are exactly what we need to navigate these challenging times.
About the Author:
Born in 1975 in Nubri, Nepal, Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche is a rising star among the new generation of Tibetan Buddhist masters trained outside of Tibet. Deeply versed in the practical and philosophical disciplines of the ancient tradition, Mingyur Rinpoche teaches throughout the world, with centers on five continents. His best-selling book, The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness, debuted on the New York Times bestseller list and has been translated into over twenty languages. Rinpoche is also the author of Turning Confusion into Clarity: A Guide to the Foundation Practices of Tibetan Buddhism; Joyful Wisdom: Embracing Change and Finding Freedom; and an illustrated children’s book entitled Ziji: The Puppy that Learned to Meditate.